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The Hague, Piet Mondrian and the Mauritshuis

Piet Mondrian
Composition with red, black, yellow, blue and grey. 1921
Gemeentemuseum

The Hague:
• Home of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima.
• Residence Huis ten Bosch.
• Seat of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. (tweedekamer)
• International Court of Justice.

In mid-September I visited The Hague; the purpose of my visit “Discovering Mondrian” an exhibition at the Gemeentmuseum in the city. The Gemeentemuseum houses and owns the largest and best collection of Mondrian’s’ in the world.

As a devotee of Mondrian’s oeuvre and a fascination in his unique journey from being a very competent landscape painter to the very modern abstract art for which he is better known today.

SAVING GREYFRIARS ART SPACE

Greyfriars Art Space first began in February 2008, when Jill North, with a group of B.A. Fine Art students, based at the College of West Anglia, decided that there was no affordable space in Kings Lynn for emerging young artists to show their work. Jill was able to purchase the property at 43 St James Street, and together with friends transformed it into the attractive small gallery we know today.

Only One Of Its Kind

Colin with Ivan Potter radio operator and air gunner on Wellingtons.

60ft Wellington Bomber Aircraft Mural

Saturday 30th September 2017 at 1500hrs. The day The Wellington Wall Mural was unveiled.

On Friday morning 29th September, Forces TV arrived to film and interview the owners of The Wellington pub at Feltwell, Mr Mrs Samuels and also the artist Colin Mason from the Arts Lounge Gallery in Swaffham. The interview and film of the mural went out on Forces TV News on Saturday 30th September and Monday 1st October.

New Government Consultation on Sales of Ivory in the UK

The Government has just launched a new consultation on sales of ivory in the UK, which will run until 29 December.

Many highly respected galleries feel totally in favour of a ban on the movement and trading of ivory dating from the last 30 years, but believe that anything made partly or wholly from ivory over 30 years ago should be granted immunity provided it has the requisite CITES permit.

Making a Painting: The Process Explored

What shall I paint ? is a question I fairly frequently ask myself. I know that I want to avoid repeating myself too slavishly because my work would soon feel like a pastiche of itself or show me that I am stuck. Which of course I often am. I seem to be searching as I paint as well as responding. Conscious intention mingles with the experience revealing itself. For some time now I have been taking photographs of my paintings and drawings as they evolve. For me the actual journey is as important as the final stage.

108 Steps …

A Line in Norfolk, 2016
Photography: Peter Huggins

108 steps is what it took me to walk the length of A Line in Norfolk by Richard Long. Walking the line is reminiscent of Long’s ground breaking work of 1967, A Line Made by Walking. Now, 50 years later, I was walking a line parallel to a work made specifically for this exhibition. A measured line made of local Norfolk Carrstone connecting the house entrance to Full Moon Circle, a piece created in 2003 for the Houghton Sculpture Garden.

Bird After Bird — GroundWork Gallery

Open on & until 10th SEPT.

The Red List by Jane Ivimey

The Red List
Jane Ivimey

Immediately on entering the gallery one sees the poignantly powerful Jane Ivimey piece after which the exhibition is named.  Seventy white bisque fired stoneware birds are laid on a large black surface. Their neatly folded feet, clawed or webbed, tidy their mute forms into a graded repetition and one foot holds the identity tag. Their wings are neatly folded; out of use. Some identification is restored, most movingly, by the different positions and sizes of the birds’ heads, necks and beaks, the white corpses. ‘Red-backed Shrike’, ‘Yellow Wagtail’, ‘Roseate Tern’. This is The Red List. All are endangered, all avian inhabitants of and migrants to Britain. Ivimey’s work is at once a poetic tribute to their beauty and a shocking reminder of our real and pending loss of them.

Rauschenberg — Absolutely Inspiring

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is an artist who has been a motivational figure for me since I studied Fine Arts. What he did was ground breaking. It was inspirational. Now, having been lucky enough to have seen his retrospective at the Tate Modern, I see that his work was far more extensive and far reaching than I remember. What is striking is the curiosity, imagination and variety of his endless experiments — his sense of humour — his outlook on life and art.

David Hockney

Going up Garrowby Hill

Tate Britain
9th February – 29th May 2017

Helen and I set off for a day in London combining a meet up with friends for lunch and finishing up at Tate Britain for the new David Hockney: 60 Years of Work.